Linux kernel 2.6 promises enhanced features

Linux creator Linus Torvalds, has announced that the Linux kernel 2.6, due for release in the fourth quarter, will include a...

Linux creator Linus Torvalds, has announced that the Linux kernel 2.6, due for release in the fourth quarter, will include a variety of features for enterprise applications.

Features include support for hardware architectures, including the latest Advanced Micro Devices 64-bit Opteron CPUs and PowerPC 64 CPUs.

Torvalds promised improved scalability to 16 CPUs or more, using the new 0(1) scheduler; true asynchronous I/O for performance improvements in enterprise applications, including databases; improved file-system performance, four journaling file systems for real-time data backup and recovery capabilities; improved threading support for the Posix threads library, with the ability to handle up to hundreds of thousands of threads, as well as full Posix compliance; enhanced high-bandwidth networking support, with TCP segmentation offload support and zero-copy network file system support; and support for USB 2.0.

Corporate IT managers will welcome the addition of these kinds of high-powered features, since that makes it more feasible for them to abandon proprietary flavours of Unix in favour of open-source Linux.

Written by LinuxWorld staff

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